Hostages freed after bank robbery drama; suspect held
After a bank robber put a gun to the back of one hostage’s head, SWAT team members resolved at the first chance they had Thursday to storm a north Florida credit union where nearly a dozen people were being held captive, authorities say.
That moment came, they say, when two people hiding inside the Jacksonville building, unbeknown to the suspect, made a run for it, distracting the man. SWAT team members stormed the credit union and put themselves between the gunman and the 11 hostages, ending a two-hour standoff, said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.
“We were able to take him into custody and save the lives of those hostages,” Williams said Thursday, about an hour after the hostage ordeal had ended.
The sheriff said the suspect is a man in his late 20s or early 30s. The man could face potential charges of bank robbery, armed kidnapping and armed assault, he added.